THIS is the second an uncle left woodland the place he had allegedly simply bludgeoned his 16-year-old niece to loss of life in a “sexually-motivated” homicide.
Shane Mays, 30, was captured on CCTV leaving Havant Thicket the place Louise Smith’s physique was discovered shattered by a log and torched, it was stated.
Shane Mays was captured on CCTV allegedly strolling away from the homicide scene
Louise Smith, 16, was discovered lifeless 14 days after going lacking on Could 8Credit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Winchester Crown Court docket heard how the teenager vanished at round 12.49pm on Could 8 after being “lured” to the woods by Mays.
He was seen on the footage at round 3.11pm making his solution to his mum’s home as Louise’s physique lay “terribly defiled” within the woods, jurors heard.
As soon as he acquired to Karen Rawlinson’s dwelling, he sipped on Coke whereas complaining of abdomen pains.
In an announcement to police, Ms Rawlinson stated: “I used to be at dwelling when Shane walked into the tackle. The entrance door was unlocked.
“Shane was sweating and regarded actually sizzling. I keep in mind that he arrived within the afternoon however I can not recall what time. Shane didn’t inform me he was coming. He doesn’t have a cellphone, I usually contact him by means of CJ.
“He informed me he had the fallacious garments on for the climate and he had simply walked Louise to Emsworth. I requested him why however he didn’t reply. He then had a glass of coke. He was leaning in opposition to the kitchen facet.”
Jurors heard how Tia Rawlinson, Mays’ sister, noticed her brother sitting on the couch “wanting fairly sweaty” round two hours after Louise despatched her final textual content.
Mays has admitted manslaughter however denies homicide
Louise Smith will be seen strolling together with her alleged assassin the night time earlier than she diedCredit score: Solent Information
From there, Mays returned dwelling to his spouse CJ – Louise’s aunt – the place Louise had been staying.
After she didn’t return dwelling, the court docket was informed Mays went to purchase 4 pizzas from the store as CJ frantically known as her lacking niece.
Jurors heard beforehand how on Could 8, Mays lured Louise to Havant Thicket after profiting from the lady’s “psychological fragility”.
Whereas there, he then allegedly smashed her cranium in with a log and later returned to “destroy” her physique in an act of “unimaginable cruelty”.
She was found two weeks later “severely decomposed” together with her jaw bone utterly indifferent and her physique “burned and violated” with “breathtaking brutality”.
The court docket was informed Mays, who admits manslaughter however denies homicide, accepts attacking the teenager after a row.
Timeline of Louise’s loss of life
Could 7 – Closing CCTV photos confirmed Louise strolling with Mays from Tesco after getting ice
Could 8, morning – Louise sends a Snapchat from her cellphone – the last-ever taken of the teenager
Could 8, 12pm – Cellphone proof confirmed she left dwelling and headed in direction of Havant Thicket. CJ later tells a pal she was seen leaving with Mays at noon.
Could 8, 12.49pm – A closing textual content is shipped from Louise’s cellphone
Could 8, 1pm – Louise’s cellphone pings to a cellphone mast in Havant Thicket
Could 8, 3pm – Louise’s boyfriend arrives on the Could home to satisfy her however she is not there. CJ ‘frantically’ calls her
Could 8, 4.07pm – Mays goes out to purchase pizza as CJ and Louise’s boyfriend search for her. He returns dwelling at 5.02pm
Could 8, 6.32pm – CJ calls the police and experiences Louise lacking
Could 8, onwards – Mays and CJ are visited by police over the following few days. Mays tells officers he would “lock Louise within the bed room if she returned” and asks if it was “alright to restrain her”.
Could 21, 11.45am – Louise’s physique is present in Havant Thicket
Andrew Langdon QC, stated: “By his plea of manslaughter, Shane Mays accepts that on Could 8, having walked with Louise he attacked her.
“His case is that he did so due to an argument which resulted in him shedding management of his mood.
“He repeatedly punched her and he accepts that his assault on her induced or contributed to her subsequent loss of life.
“He did not intend to kill her or to trigger actually critical harm. He didn’t set hearth to her.”
Jurors beforehand heard how “easily-led” Louise had been staying together with her aunt and Mays within the two weeks main as much as her loss of life after rowing together with her mum.
At first the trio “acquired on” and Louise wrote in texts to CJ how she needed to name the pair “mum and pop” and spoke of their “excellent household”.
However jurors have been informed the connection soured and Louise informed a pal Mays was “flirting together with her”.
A Snapchat video was additionally proven to jurors of Mays “tickling” Louise’s toes.
After her physique was discovered, Mays was charged with homicide and his spouse was freed on bail, it was stated.
He initially informed police he had walked with Louise to a skatepark in Emsworth, however later modified his model by admitting to inflicting her loss of life at Havant Thicket, it was stated.
Mays has an middleman with him within the dock to assist him perceive proceedings as he “suffers from studying disabilities”.
He denies one cost of homicide however admits manslaughter.
The trial continues.
Shane Mays, who’s married to Louise’s aunt CJ, has denied homicide however admitted manslaughter
Louise’s boyfriend stated she spent lots of time on-lineCredit score: PA:Press Affiliation
Mays was filmed tickling Louise’s toes in a Snapchat video proven to jurorsCredit score: Solent Information
A household pal stated Louise was ‘charming’ and ‘beautiful’